Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney delves into the hushed threat of cyberwarfare with his newest film. Zero Days is a fast-moving international thriller involving espionage, classified operations, and sneak attacks on foreign nuclear facilities. Based on documents and interviews with members of the intelligence community and military sources, the film reveals the power of the laptop as a modern-day weapon. Using a digitized human facsimile to present testimony too sensitive for sources to reveal, Gibney presents an extraordinary and unnerving analysis of an under-regulated and “classified” technology. 2016, DCP, 116 minutes. Opens in theaters nationwide July 8.
The screening will be introduced by Commissioner Thomas Baden and Sheryl Mousley, Walker senior curator of moving image. A discussion with Christopher Buse, Deirdre Haj, Euan Kerr, and Kathy Orner follows the screening.
Cinema of Urgency is programmed in partnership with Full Frame Documentary Festival.
About the Speakers
Thomas Baden is the Chief Information Officer for the State of Minnesota, appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to lead the MN.IT agency in its mission “to better connect Minnesotans with each other and with their government.” Baden’s 33 years of expertise in IT governance and management also includes service at the Department of Human Services and the Department of Employment and Economic Development, in addition to serving as MN.IT’s enterprise architect.
Christopher Buse is the Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Minnesota. In this capacity, he is responsible for designing and implementing the enterprise security architecture for state government. In addition, he is an assistant commissioner for MN.IT Services overseeing the IT Standards and Risk Management Division. Buse is a certified information systems auditor and a certified information systems security professional.
Since 2010, Deirdre Haj has been the festival director of Full Frame, the nation’s largest documentary-only film festival, held in Durham, North Carolina. In addition to her Full Frame duties, Haj is vice president of the Film Festival Alliance and a sought-after panelist and jurist at universities, festivals, and conferences across the country.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Euan Kerr is an arts reporter for MPR News. He has worked as an editor with MPR’s bureau reporters while also filing pieces for NPR and the BBC. Currently Kerr is an arts correspondent with the MPR News Culture Unit and with MPR’s Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis, one of the Cube Critics, heard every Friday on ATC. You can follow him on Twitter @EuanKerr and @CubeCritics.
Kathy Orner joined Carlson Wagonlit Travel in 2006 as VP and chief information security officer (CISO). Her responsibilities include building a global information security organization, creating and consolidating global security operations, engineering, and GRC efforts, along with global physical security, IT audit, and IT Compliance.